Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden

Lucille was born December 7, 1877, in Texas. In 1886, her father, Daniel C. Singletary, a farmer, founded the Monaville post office in his store on Harris Creek in central Waller County, Texas. He named the community Monaville in honor of his daughter. In 1900, Lucille was working in her father’s grocery. She had a sister, Mona, and a brother, Julian.

Lucille’s first marriage was to Albert Montgomery Denson. They had two children: Mona Denson Lange, born October 14, 1907, in Benson, Arizona; and Albert Denson, born December 25, 1910.

Lucille related to a granddaughter that, after six or seven years, she “ran him off” because Albert wouldn’t settle down. Denson wanted to keep moving to new towns. Lucille and her children moved to Prescott about 1920 and lived on North Granite Street.

After her second marriage to William Freeman Yopp, a carpenter, they lived on South McCormick. They were married about five years when she parted with him because he wanted to put her son Al, who had epilepsy, in an asylum.

Then, as a single mother, Lucille worked at the Head Hotel as a chambermaid. She opened a boarding house near the intersection of McCormick Street and Goodwin and hired a Turk by the mane of Remi Zir as her houseboy. He had been a miner in Jerome.

In 1929, Lucille gave up the boarding house and moved to Phoenix to be near her daughter, who was attending Arizona State Teachers’ College. “Turk” went with her. He was a father figure to her children and remained with her until her death on July 31, 1960.

Lucy and Turk lived in South Phoenix in an old adobe house for 30 years, surrounded by citrus, date and olive trees; honeysuckle and blackberry vines; a grape arbor full of “June bugs” in the summer; sweet peas and roses; and a garden full of wonderful vegetables. She was a good cook: her pecan pies and chicken dumplings were especially delicious.

Lucille didn’t have much money, but she never forgot a birthday and always had a small gift for each of her nine grandchildren at Christmastime.

Lucille Yopp was buried at Double Butte Cemetery in Tempe. Her daughter, Mona Denson Lange, is also commemorated in the Rose Garden.

Donor: Mona Lange McCroskey, granddaughter

Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.